the natural deodorant duo

i have tried my fair share of natural deodorants, from that ridiculous crystal (does that work for anyone?) to tom’s. ¬†i was starting to think that natural deodorants just wouldn’t work for me when i¬†started reading more about deodorant layering.bb deo picks.jpgto start off, i should preface this by saying i’m not a huge armpit sweater. ¬†to give you way too much information, i tend to sweat in my face before my pits. ¬†yes, it is as unfortunate as it sounds. ¬†so truthfully i couldn’t figure out why natural deodorants weren’t working for me. ¬†but here’s what changed:

  1. i actually listened to that whole “armpit detox” thing // for a week before using my deodorants (or the 5-7 days that it took for me to get them in the mail) i didn’t use any deodorants and i exfoliated my armpits. ¬†this consisted of concentrated washing in the shower with my dr. bronner’s bar soap – they recommend 30 seconds of concentrated washing to get rid of bacteria, etc. just for every day. ¬†so i did that while also using a soft washcloth for actual exfoliation. ¬†after the shower i made sure to really dry my armpits. ¬†not only did i just feel good, but i felt like this prevented me from smelling for most of the day.
  2. baking soda free // most natural deodorants, especially those in pot form, contain baking soda.  while it is a great deodorizing ingredient, as we know from using it in our refrigerators, it is also extremely harsh on the sensitive skin of our underarms.  it can cause many people to break out in rashes or just suffer severe sensitivity, so i decided to forgo this ingredient.  my pick for my pot deodorant is the meow meow tweet baking soda free deodorant in lavender.  i feel that using a pot deodorant is really the way to go when going naturally, as you are taking the time to massage it into your underarms and the ingredients are not being transformed into a hard stick.
  3. add a roll-on for extra coverage // for days when i feel i need extra protection, i will also add a roll-on deodorant on top of my cream. ¬†i think this has made all the difference in natural deodorants for me. ¬†i had heard a ton about the ursa major deodorant stick, so when i decided to give natural deodorants another try this was immediately what i chose. ¬†it’s minty and cooling and really quite effective. ¬†if i’m not layering this, i will also wear it alone for days when i’m running late or just can’t be bothered with rubbing my armpits for 2¬†minutes.
  4. get used to the sweat // one of the strangest but best parts about natural deodorants is that they are not antiperspirants. ¬†meaning, you are still going to sweat. ¬†it’s difficult to get used to for sure, but i actually like it. ¬†i like knowing that my body is functioning as it should – that my sweat and bacteria is leaving my body as opposed to being collected in my breasts. ¬†gross, but true. ¬†really i got used to this super fast and i don’t find that i smell anymore. ¬†i mean, i’m still gonna smell after a long workout or whatever, but my natural smell¬†is no longer as bad as when i was using antiperspirant.

so there you go! ¬†it really is possible to convert from antiperspirants to natural deodorants. ¬†it takes time, but i personally think it is completely worth it. ¬†i’m looking forward to trying out other brands when i finish these two products up, but i highly recommend both of them. ¬†plus they smell amazing when worn together! ¬†xo.

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the natural deodorant duo

february picks // better late than never

bb feb picks 3.jpggood hair //

i feel like it is quite rare that i have some actual hair favorites! ¬†this topic and one of these products will be familiar to you if you read this post, but there are some different products too. if you didn’t read that post (which you should. now.), i am pretty lame with my hair and usually just wash with head&shoulders or something comparable, maybe put in some salt spray, and air dry. ¬†but this month i’ve been shaking it up.

step 1: brush. ¬†now i have never been a hairbrusher. ¬†i know that sounds absolutely crazy, but when i brush my hair it gets…big. but lately, i’ve taken to brushing my hair before the shower to get rid of that dreaded rats nest from scarves and coat collars with this brush that i got from urban ($6). ¬†i think it is definitely the combination of pre-shower brushing and this brush that have completely changed how i wash my hair. ¬†my hair feels thicker, stronger, and shinier, and i have much less fallout than i used to. ¬†for winter hair, i’d say those results are pretty amazing.

step 2: wash. ¬†r+co cactus shampoo¬†($24) has been a full on love this month and will be for a while. ¬†this is the product you will recognize from that previous post. ¬†i don’t use this every time i wash my hair because it is pretty pricey, but i wish i could. ¬†i’ve been popping a little bit of conditioner on the ends of my hair and then lathering up with the cactus, and the results are beachy, summery, untamed, and perfect.

step 3: hair oil. ¬†i have never ever used a hair oil. ¬†that being said, i had my worries about not using full conditioner with the cactus shampoo, so i figured i would pick one up and try it out. ¬†i grabbed the verb ghost oil ($14) the last time i was at sephora because it has great reviews online and is the cheapest they have (of course i didn’t need to get a hair product at sephora, but you know, product junkie). ¬†i was tempted to get the ouai hair oil but it’s a smaller bottle¬†and double the price. anyways, this oil is beautiful. ¬†it is lightweight and not sticky at all, plus smells and feels amazing. ¬†i just put a little drop on my fingers and rub it together, then put the most on my ends and flip my hair over and finger comb with the excess. ¬†i don’t have a lot to base it on, but this oil is amazing!bb feb picks 4.jpggood reads //¬†when i was a kid i used to read 2 or 3 books at a time, and i have found myself doing that again this month.

introducing the honorable phryne fisher¬†& the miss fisher series¬†by kerry greenwood // you all know that i loooooove miss fisher’s murder mysteries the show and now i’m loving the books as well! ¬†i got this one on amazon and it contains the first three miss fisher stories, two of which were turned into episodes. ¬†i do prefer the show version – the characters and storylines are more established – but maybe it’s just because i’m so dedicated to it. ¬†all in all, they are super fun and easy to read and i will probably get them all! ¬†i love having a series to complete. ¬†i¬†have made my way through 6 of the books in the series and am starting number 7.

an extraordinary theory of objects by stephanie lacava // i think¬†i got this book while traveling in paris a few years ago, but it has been gathering dust on my shelf since then (honestly i can’t remember the exact details of where this came from). ¬†i decided to bring it with me on my most recent travels and it was such a lovely companion. ¬†this memoir is the beautiful and very striking story of the author as a young girl, discovering and dealing with her depression when her family is uprooted and moved to france. ¬†it was tragic but hopeful and a very special read.

lolly willowes by sylvia townsend warner // i signed up for a book of the month subscription, and this was offered as an add-on for my first box. ¬†it’s actually the first ever book of the month book, from 1926! ¬†right up my alley, very jane austen-esque. ¬†it is about a middle-aged woman who, after a life of being taken care of by her family and not being able to go her own way, leaves it all behind¬†to follow her heart. ¬†i highly recommend, and i recommend book of the month as well! ¬†i just chose my book for march¬†today and i think it will arrive shortly.

old magazine favorites // i love rereading and getting reinspired from my collection of magazines. ¬†some of my favorites that i looked at over and over this month were some old editions of frankie, suitcase, surfista, and howl. ¬†there’s nothing quite as beautiful to me as an independently-produced magazine.

good brands //

w3ll people // i have picked up three w3ll people products this month and am using all of them daily. ¬†i have previously tried their mascara and concealer and while i didn’t love either one, i do love the ethos of the brand. ¬†the first product i got was the bio brightening powder ($21.99) which is a beautiful slightly mattifying but glow inducing setting powder. ¬†i had been on a search for the perfect setting powder and i think i found it! ¬†at the same time i also picked up the bio bronzer loose powder ($21.99) as i’ve been a little bored with my bronzing options and this guy has great reviews. ¬†it’s a really nice universal shade that gives a very realistic hint of bronze to my skin. ¬†slightly more recently i purchased the narcissist foundation stick (shade 0, pale ivory)¬†($28.99)¬†which is a gorgeous cream foundation stick with extremely light, dewy coverage. ¬†i’ve been using it to even out some redness on my cheeks and nose. ¬†it sinks into the skin undetectably, but evens out the skin and can be built up effectively where necessary. ¬†i truly don’t feel like i’m wearing anything when i have this on – it feels even lighter than the glossier skin tint. ¬†i purchased all of my products at whole foods.bb feb picks 2.jpggood nails //¬†

it’s official. ¬†i’ve fallen into the smith&cult…well, cult. ¬†i own 2 shades: tenderoni and doe my dear. ¬†both are anna instigated products and obviously bitter buddhist (a stunning muted green grey) is next on my list. ¬†i kind of hate the bottles since they are so ridiculously bulky and they have those stupid caps you take off to reveal an extremely small applicator, but i will end my rant here. ¬†the formula is aaaamazing, especially on tenderoni. ¬†it’s basically opi you don’t know jacques, one of my classic polishes, but dare i say better? ¬†less purple undertones and great application. ¬†but if you don’t want to shell out the cash for the high price ($18 vs $10), the opi is a spot on dupe. ¬†doe my dear is my ideal light greige that applies pretty well given the nature of the color. ¬†smith&cult is 5-free.

nails inc. 45 second kensington caviar top coat // when my previous bottle of this guy got old and gloopy at some point last summer, i decided to venture into other top coats and try some things out. ¬†i tried the infamous seche vite which i liked for a little while but then became meh and the sally hansen quick dry top coat which is also meh. ¬†i was previously dedicated to essie good to go, but essie doesn’t always last very long on me so i haven’t gone back to that one. ¬†finally mid-february i decided to get the nails inc. again. ¬†i don’t know what took me so long honestly. ¬†it keeps my nails fresh like no other top coat does, dries literally in 45 seconds, and i have come to the realization that i can’t be without this! ¬†plus, all nails inc. products are at least 5-free, with their nailpure range is 6-free and vegan.

good lips //

sephora coconut balm // sephora came out with some new balms this month and i grabbed the coconut one while in the checkout line one day. ¬†a really solid lip balm with a great coconut scent – real coconut, not chemical coconut. ¬†solid balm at a good price point ($6). ¬†my mom tried mine and loved it so that’s impressive¬†(she is picky about balms and has this clinique one that she claims glues her lips together. ¬†watching her mimic this action is truly hilarious)! ¬†don’t worry, i picked one up for her immediately!

smith’s rosebud salve tube¬†//¬†($6) i¬†have the pot version of the rosebud salve and almost always have one lying around somewhere, which is great, but the tube version is much better in my opinion. ¬†definitely more user and on-the-go friendly. ¬†love the glossy finish without being sticky, the rose scent, the moisturizing properties, etc. etc. ¬†plus you don’t have to worry about it melting and oozing all over your car! ¬†(it happens…a lot.)bb feb picks 5.jpggood finds //¬†

cleansing balms // i started washing my face differently this month and it has completely changed the dryness in my skin.  at the end of january i got the pixi x caroline hirons double cleanse and it completely turned me on to cleansing balms.  this one is two fold Рyou get an oil based cleansing balm and a cream based cleanse and use them one after the other, wiping them off with a damp washcloth.  i fell in love with this process as my nighttime cleanse and wanted to pick up something slightly more eco and with more benefits, so i got the trilogy makeup be gone cleansing balm at my local whole foods.  this is a gorgeous product that is extremely hydrating thanks to mango butter, rosehip oil, and coconut oil as well as other plant oils.  i remove it with a warm bamboo baby washcloths that are extremely soft and gentle Рand by that i mean basically the softest things ever.  the result is smooth and supple skin that requires few moisturizing products afterwards.  i am in love with both of these products and love interchanging them.

l’amour et la musique¬†youtube // i fell in love with mercedes of l’amour et la musique this month. ¬†i found her while on a search for youtube reviews of eco beauty products. ¬†and she is the mecca! ¬†she reviews mostly eco skincare and cosmetics with a touch of conventional ones as well, and is so intelligent and well spoken. ¬†i actually feel that i am gaining knowledge when i watch her videos and i love having a reference for my eco interests besides medical websites. ¬†i love her!! ¬†i highly recommend her videos, especially if you want something a little more intelligent than the usual makeup dribble.

alli cherry¬†youtube // i’ve been watching alli on and off for quite some time. ¬†honestly i used to find her a little boring, but i have completely changed my opinion over the last month. ¬†her content is extremely unique and well constructed, and she makes videos on her minimalist, low-waste, sustainable lifestyle. ¬†very refreshing and very empowering.

spearmint tea // sorry if this is tmi, but i severely suffer from lactose-intolerance and extreme stomach sensitivity, almost on a daily basis. ¬†i’m always researching any natural remedies that will help me feel better and take away some of my symptoms. ¬†i have come across spearmint tea quite frequently and after thoroughly trialling it, i must sing its praises. ¬†spearmint tea is known for many health benefits, but especially for its aid in digestion and management of a variety of stomach symptoms, including those related to ibs. ¬†i actually just love the sweet, refreshing way spearmint tea tastes (i drink it as is, no sugar, no milk, no honey) so i enjoy drinking it even when i’m not struggling with my stomach. ¬†but when i am struggling, i find it soothes my symptoms and eases my pain very quickly, and for that i extremely grateful. ¬†other benefits include fresh breath, hormonal balance, stress relief, and chronic disease prevention. ¬†it is also a great aid to dieters when paired with healthy diet and exercise. ¬†it is important to note that these benefits are from spearmint tea, i’m not sure if mint or peppermint tea apply. ¬†i find mine at whole foods.

kevita sparkling probiotic drinks // in the same vein as the beverage above, i started drinking kevita this month. ¬†in the past 2 weeks i don’t know if a day has gone by that i haven’t had at least half a bottle of one. ¬†it’s quite an expensive habit, but i actually think it is helping my tummy troubles. ¬†basically it’s a sparkling juice drink that is filled with good bacteria for your stomach and digestion. ¬†it’s a little kombucha-tasting (at least the flavors i have tried) but not too much and is really quite refreshing. ¬†not too sweet, organic, and all natural. ¬†i’ve been buying in bulk at whole foods. ¬†my favorite flavors are strawberry acai coconut and hibiscus berry.bb feb picks 1.jpggood living //

i haven’t mentioned it yet here, mostly because it is a topic that is extremely difficult for me to talk about, but in just a few weeks my parents are moving out of my childhood home. ¬†since i currently live in said home, i have been completely part of the moving process. ¬†and even though i hate that we are doing it, i am learning a lot about myself through this move. ¬†i’m reevaluating what i have and getting rid of what i don’t need – both physically and emotionally. ¬†i’m centering myself around the person that i truly want to be and am becoming/almost am, and i’m keeping what i feel benefits that person. ¬†even right down to the skincare and makeup and crap that i keep in my bathroom. ¬†i’m letting go and i’m creating a new space that is organic and natural and equal to me. ¬†through this, i’m¬†especially reevaluating the material items that aren’t benefitting me in a health manner, and i’m turning over a new eco leaf. ¬†it’s something i have delved into in the past, but it stressed me out and¬†at times felt like too much to conquer. ¬†but now i’m paying attention. ¬†i’m using up and then getting rid of the scary chemicals and nasty ingredients and the shit that i just don’t use or need or even want. ¬†but more on that later…

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february picks // better late than never

the best of 2016

the people, places, and things that i found and fell in love with in 2016

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baby bohemian 2016 discoveriesbaby bohemian 2016 discoveries
what i wore //

mac strobe cream  Р nars radiant tinted moisturizer

mac paint pots in groundwork (warm brown) & painterly (cool nude)

rms eye polish in myth (glossy taupe)

pacifica stellar gaze mascara in stardust (brown)

glossier (have been using since 2015, but really became obsessed in 2016)

  blush!  the color & the makeup item

milk makeup – hourglass ambient lighting bronzer (luminous bronze light)

byredo gypsy water  Р maison louis marie no.4 bois de balincourt

levi’s 501s ¬†– ¬†american apparel grey tees ¬†– ¬†turtlenecks

baby bohemianbaby bohemian 2016 discoveries books

what i read //

amor towles a gentleman in moscow & rules of civility

emma cline the girls  Р cheryl strayed wild

patti smith just kids & m train

violet grey  Р the file

beauty by kelsey  Р cindyhyue

tendances de mode

what i watched //

pretty little liars (every. single. episode.)

violette_fr youtube

chrissstttiiine youtube

jules von hep youtube (what a gem he is!)

etc. // 

pf candle co.

shu eumera eyelash curlers

evan healy lavender hydrosoul

glossier milky jelly cleanser

a dedicated skincare routine

moving towards a more natural lifestyle

patti smith just kids baby bohemian

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the best of 2016

pamper night essentials

P1060266.jpgmasks

when i need a little detoxifying, my go to is the origins charcoal mask.  i find that it is exfoliating, while still gentle enough for my sensitive and dry/normal skin.  i apply a super thin layer on warm, damp skin and let it dry fully before washing off with lukewarm water.

i also really enjoy the freeman’s lemon and mint clay mask. ¬†it works in a similar way to the origins, going deep into the skin to cleanse and clear pores. ¬†i especially used this when i was struggling with my acne, and i felt it helped keep my skin a little bit calmer, especially in the summer. ¬†it’s also great to use more as a spot treatment as opposed to the whole face if you have drier skin like me. ¬†i¬†was having a hard time finding this in my local drugstore, but now that i am back in the midwest i know i can get it at ulta. ¬†need to do that soon!

i always follow a more drying mask with a generous layer of the glossier moon mask, which is a thick moisturizing cream.  i let it soak in for 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water as well, massaging the remainder of the mask into my skin to get all the moisture i can.  i will occasionally use the moon mask all by its self if i feel like my skin is really struggling, aka all the time in the winter.  this also makes an incredible hand mask, so i highly recommend using it for that purpose as well!

if i feel like something quick, i am in love with the milk makeup x uo urban defense mask. ¬†it is a thick gel mask that only requires 3-5 minutes of wear, and then is washed off in a similar manner to the glossier. ¬†i like this one because it is cleansing and clarifying as well as moisturizing, and it’s a quick fix for parched skin.

i follow up my masking with my usual skincare routine, which right now consists of the mario badescu rosewater spray, go-to face hero oil, my acne gels, and cetaphil moisturizer, and dior creme de rose.

nails

an at home manicure is probably my favorite way to unwind, and i take great pride in my ability to do so and do so well. ¬†i very rarely get an actual manicure, only if i have a gift certificate or a special occasion, so as a result i’ve perfected my at-home routine. ¬†i used to paint my nails a lot more often, but i still enjoy the act of taking care of them even without polish.

though i used to cut my nails, i prefer to file them these days. ¬†i find that i have more control over what they look like as well as the length, and since i like them pretty short it’s easier for me to get a nice straight line with a file.

my favorite base coat is the opi nail envy matte version.  i find the matte version adds a little more grip for the nail polish to stick to, and it looks really natural on its own as well.  this is really the first base coat that i have tried and stuck to, and almost a year after purchasing i never paint my nails without it.

i don’t really have a preference as far as nail brands go, but i do find that essie chips pretty quickly on my nails. ¬†nail polish definitely doesn’t last super long on me, but i find opi and nails inc. are stronger contenders. ¬†right now i’m wearing opi’s lincoln park after dark, an oldie but goodie.

for top coat, quick drying is my main specification. ¬†i have tried the opi rapidry, essie good to go, nails inc 45 second top coat, and am currently using seche vite. ¬†i was really hestitant to try seche vite because of the health warnings, but after quite a bit of research i decided to give it a go. ¬†basically, like many other nail polishes, seche vite is potentially harmful if breathed in constantly and on a daily basis. ¬†it is no more harmful than any other nail polishes, excluding natural and 5-free ones of course. ¬†i think it is a great product and love how quickly and strongly it dries my nails. ¬†i’m not sure if it extends wear time, but it definitely doesn’t shorten it. ¬†next to the nails inc this is definitely my favorite top coat, and i love the shiny, strong finish it gives.

i don’t really do anything for my toes – i usually have them bare in the winter. ¬†i am much more likely to splurge on a good pedicure though since they last so much longer and are really the height of relaxation for me. ¬†so at home i might pop on a bit of moisturizer or vaseline and then stick those puppies into some thick socks.

youtube, shows, movies, & magazines

the best way to relax is to do all of the above while sitting in front of a screen, be it a computer or a tv.  from youtube videos to my favorites shows to movies, i love to zone out and just relax while taking care of my body at the same time.

the most relaxing youtube channels to watch, in my opinion, are tamira jarrel, chrissstttiiine, and extrasunbeamsjess; these ladies put my mind at ease and i actually like to fall asleep to their voices, as weird and creepy as that may sound!

for shows, i watch miss fisher’s murder mysteries all the time, as well pretty little liars and vanderpump rules (not quite as relaxing, but i love a good bit of reality tv).

for movies, it depends on the season. ¬†right now i’m all about the christmas movies, as well as wes anderson. ¬†but usually a like a good psychological thriller, jane austen drama, or anything indie and off the beaten path.

as far as reading material, i prefer to read magazines while pampering, as opposed to a book that requires more attention. ¬†my favorite magazine is definitely nylon, and i loved this month’s featuring the awesome alia shawkat. ¬†i picked up this issue of frankie magazine while in new york last week and i have already read it cover to cover 3 times.

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pamper night essentials

in the moment

IMG_6706.JPGfor a few minutes this morning, i sat outside.  i made my coffee, and when i went to let the dogs out for the eighth time, i went with them.  i felt the cold salt air perking up my senses, i watched a lone seagull make figure eights in the grey sky, and i listened to the icy waves crashing half a mile away.  i took a single picture of the sky.

i tried not to think about work or my bank account or moving. ¬†and i succeeded, for the most part. ¬†i didn’t check instagram or emails or youtube. ¬†i just sat. ¬†i sipped my coffee, i cuddled the dogs, and i just sat there, in the moment, for a little while.

good morning, everyone.

in the moment

to the future, with the past

IMG_3202.JPGthe past few months have been tumultuous to say the least.¬† while life is truly amazing and i don’t have anything to complain about, i can’t help feeling a little bit lost and a lot bit stuck.¬† i don’t share too many details about my living and work situations on my blog, but maybe i should share more about myself with my lovely readers, since you are after all here to read my words.

i grew up coming to the east coast every summer for the whole summer since i was very very young.¬† this place has felt as much, if not more, like home to me as¬†my real home in the midwest.¬† when i graduated college and came back to work another summer in this place, i didn’t expect to stay much longer after the summer ended.¬† but somehow i was able to get a job here that was pretty perfect at the time, and i was able to settle here for a little while.¬† part of the magic of this situation has been that i am able to live in my parents’ house, which makes my life very easy indeed.¬† and while this was great for the first few months, you might imagine that at 23 going on 24 living at home with my parents can be frustrating and somewhat degrading.¬† i hate to sound like an ingrate, when really i have loved being at home with my parents, but it’s just not what i want for myself at this time in my life.¬† i want to create a home for myself, rely on myself, take care of myself.¬† i want to do it for myself.

all of this being said, i have been at quite the turning point since probably august.¬† i’m ready to move on, but am having a hard time doing so.¬† partly because of my guilt for leaving my parents and for wanting more for myself, partly because i know that my boss will struggle when i leave, partly because i just don’t know what the fuck i want to do or where i want to be.¬† for most, this is kind of a dream situation.¬† i’m not committed to anyone or anything, and can do whatever i can dream of.¬† but for me, someone deeply devoted to my family and their expectations, i’m struggling more than a little bit.

how exactly do we decide what we want to do with our lives?¬† often we fall into something, and we either never leave or it shows us what else we would rather be doing.¬† for me, i know where i want to work, but i don’t know what i want to do.¬† i know what i want my home to look like, but i don’t know where that home is.¬† if i could run away to california and never look back, i absolutely 100% would, but i know that that is just not in the cards for me.

i guess what i’m saying is that i’m lost.¬† i’m sad and confused and excited and nervous.¬† i’m feeling all those growing pains that i felt when i was ready to go away to college but didn’t know where i was going to go or what i was going to study there.¬† but what i do know is this: i need to finish things up here, pack up my belongings, and hit the road.¬† and maybe i just need to see where that road will lead me, and take it from there.

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i had intended for this post to be another of my “monthly goals” series, but clearly we took a little turn here!¬† i really hope that i don’t sound whiny or annoying here, but it can be so helpful to just spill the contents of your mind and let it lie for at least a little bit.¬† if anyone has any advice for me, or for others that might be feeling the same way, please send it along.¬† it is so greatly appreciated.¬† and again, thank you for reading and supporting and following me along on this crazy little journey that i call my life.

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travel tips // the carry-on

in this edition of travel tips, i’m talking all about the carry-on bag, aka the plane bag. ¬†this is essential in travel preparation, cause if you have a shitty plane bag, gooooood luck.IMG_4341.jpgthe bag(s) //

vintage coach duffle purse // the baggu leather totes are also great for travel

sephora travel liquids bag // unnecessary buy but i can never find the right size ziploc!

small mac makeup bag –¬†small jewelry bag

the basics // 

wallet – tickets – itinerary – guides

phone/music player –¬†headphones

book –¬†notebook –¬†pen(s)

camera – necessary chargers

sunglasses – jewelry – valuables

candy –¬†snacks – water

bag for liquids

small bag of essentials – lip balm – hand sanitizer – etc.

so tell me, what am i missing?

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travel tips // the carry-on